Change for Kids (  invests in New York City public elementary schools in underserved communities by bringing critical resources designed to prepare students for success in middle school and beyond. Because of our partnership with Change for Kids, BLES has been able to offer music instruction through Third Street Music School, golf to Pre-K through Urban Golf Academy and upper grade writing classes with Story Pirates. Our partnership has also brought in Holiday gifts at Christmas time, coats and book bags filled with school supplies. We are grateful for partners like Change for Kids!



BLES is in Year 4 of Studio in a School's Long-Term residency program.  (  This program provides art instruction to various grades for five consecutive years with a dedicated artist/instructor, a dedicated art studio and a full supply of high quality art materials. Students receive visual arts experiences that encourage them to explore their imaginations and meet the city's visual arts performance standards. Student artwork is prominently displayed in changing exhibitions throughout the school and is also eligible for Studio's citywide exhibitions. 

Scholars explore 2D and 3D media including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking! We are grateful for partners like Studio in a School!


Repair the World ( provides BLES with several volunteers who help out with various school wide events such as Career Day, the Father's Day Breakfast and the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival. Repair the World also does various service and beautification projects at the school such as the Meditation Nook they created on MLK day, 2019! We are grateful for partners like Repair the World!


Parker Anderson Enrichment Clubs ( provide opportunities for our scholars to further enrich and broaden their experiences at school. On "Club Wednesdays", Parker Anderson provides teaching artists for various clubs including Dance, Creative Movement, Kids Improv, MatheMagic!, Sports, Chess, Robotics and more!


New York Cares provides volunteers to complete beautification projects at our school. Thus far, they have painted indoor and outdoor wall murals and canvases, reorganized books in our library, helped with bulletin boards, renovated our Teacher's Lounge and cleaned out and organized our supply closets. New York Cares also provides volunteers to run a Sports and Arts Program for children on Saturdays as a part of Saturday School or while parents are attending a workshop. New York Cares also facilitates classroom activities with our scholars during weekdays. ( We are grateful for partners like New York Cares!